Wow, how did I miss the Splinter Cell games?

I’ve started noticing the previews and trailer for the upcoming Splinter Cell game, Double Agent. I’d never really paid attention to this series, because I wasn’t a big fan of the Rainbow Six line, and I guess I thought Splinter Cell was similar. Well, the Double Agent trailer made me sit up and notice that the game might just be right up my alley, especially after I just finished playing F.E.A.R. So I downloaded the demos for Pandora Tomorrow and Chaos Theory.


These two are next on my must-buy list of games, possibly as soon as tonight if I can find them. I see myself buying Double Agent on its PC release date. The games are just. so. sexy.

A few years ago I couldn’t have played these games. Despite my affinity for the sniper rifle in pretty much every shooter or action game I’ve ever played, I’m still more of a run-and-gun, leave no witnesses type of gal. I mean, they can’t run for help if they’re dead, right? Sneaking just wasn’t my cuppa tea. More recently, and more accurately since I played Far Cry, I’ve become a more patient player.

A question for fans of the series: after playing Pandora Tomorrow and then Chaos Theory, would it be worth finding a copy of the first game, if I still haven’t gotten enough sneak and kill action?

There’s very few video games that can hold my interest these days. I get bored by typical FPSers (I got sick of Halo and Halo 2 after two hours of playing them) and pretty much nothing but good racers (Project Gotham series, Forza Motorsport) get me going anymore. However, the Splinter Cell series is fantastic. If you liked Pandora tomorrow and Chaos Theory, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in the original. It’s still very playable, the graphics aren’t too dated, and the gameplay is much the same as parts II and III.

I don’t know what platform you’re on, but I’ve noticed there’s a PS2 native version of the first Splinter Cell which has been updated somewhat, so that’s probably even less dated than the original.

The only complaint I have with the SC series is that despite how gorgeous the lighting and graphics are, you need to flip to grainy green mode to get the job done. Which in the continuum of complaints is pretty minor. I have been found holing up somewhere to turn off my night vision just to admire the view. Then, of course, continuing on to jab a knife into the back of a terrorist.

Part of me is tempted to just place an Amazon order so I don’t have to spend time hunting down the game. It’s silly, really, to want the game so badly I buy it tonight. I need to clean house, wrap gifts, finish shopping, and exercise (90 min. today and tomorrow), and I’ll be out of town most of the weekend. And yet I still want to find time to squeeze in new game.

I broke down and made an Amazon order after I saw a two-pack of the first two games for $30. I got that and Chaos Theory for $20. And a Howard Hughes bio.

I tried the first one, but gave up about halfway through it–the level design was maddeningly linear. Did they fix that in the later ones? It felt like there was a really great game in there–you could do all sorts of cool things and there was a lot of detail. Writing was okay, acting was good, etc, but the game was set up like a corridor shooter…